puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Aroma of palm oil, roast, with a slick, greasy, thick and steaky body to it. Light bitter in the mouth with good complexity, with lots of roasty coffee in there. Notes of root vegetables are present. Balanced and clean, kind of bourbony despite its lack of barrel aging. Chalky and creamy and easy drinking. I’m looking forward to trying the BBA’d version of this Fred provided.
rederic (3188) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery, dark brown color, with some reddish highlights, and a beige head, nice soft roasted peanut, dark coffee, mild bitter chocolate, truffle nose with some faint yeasty fuity accents, and light roasted, black, chocolate, toasted malt note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a mild grated coconut, chocolatey praline, roasted, chocolate, toasted malt, light fruity character, with some dried raisin, blackcherry, mellow roasted coffee bean flavors, with a faint chocolate cake, chocolate truffle backbone, and a kind of bourbonish undertone, leading towards a light fruity, blackberry, chocolatey, faint lingering roasted bitterness finish.
probstblueribbon (3182) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2009
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
500 ml bottle via julienhuxley, shared with Billy, served cool in a tuumbler. NO21/09.
App.: Deep brown-black, so-so tan head.
Aroma: INFECTED! Unpleasant organic acids, some nice deep malts underneath (the silver lining), generally bad.
Palate: Medium+ body, gentle carbonation.
Flav.: Some nice black coffee and dark chocolate notes, light fruitiness, marred by infection; lightly sweet, low bitterness inappropriate tang.
Quite unfortunate. Needs to be re-rated.
GRM (3179) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample, at the Mondial de la bière 2007, savoured May 31 2007; eye: black, creamy beige head, opaque, no effervescence; nose: aggressive hops, caramelized malt, light smoke; mouth: roasted malt, silky, hops, grainy malt, soya sauce, salty, long finale in hops, creamy, quite bitter, medium body, sticky and lightly grainy texture, average carbonation; overall: correct
Échantillon, bue au Mondial de la bière 2007, savourée le 31 mai 2007; oeil : noire, mousse crémeuse beige, opaque, pas d’effervescence; nez : houblon agressif, malt caramélisé, légère fumée; bouche : malt torréfié, soyeuse, houblon, malt granuleux, sauce soya, salée, finale longue et houblonnées, crémeuse, assez amère, corps moyen, texture collante et légèrement granuleuse, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : correct
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep rich smell of roast coffee, dark brown, ruby at the sides, small cappuccino head. Fine coffee flavour, dark chocolate, treacle, brazil nuts, liquorice. Full bodied,complex, very well balanced, bitter and bold. Great!
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil: Very deep brown pour with a khaki ring of head. Rich yet soft aroma- some licorice notes and light vanilla under a predominantly chocolaty malt nose. Creamy body (all of his beers have a nice palate) Rich flavor but smooth- fudgey, only mildly roasted with a soft fruitiness from the yeast that meshes with the nice chocolty malt presence- light vanilla as well. A rich yet cohesive & easy drinker.
tgncc (2986) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The apearance is dark brown, red tinge, sligtht translucence. The aroma is sweet, brown sugar, chocolate. The flavor is the same as the aroma, but more roasty. Medium in body. Pine hop bitterness on the finish, some residual sweetness as well. Medium in body. Decent.
Gorbalev (2981) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, Mondiale 09. Very dark brown, creamy dark head. Oily roast aroma. Great taste - soft mouthfeel, slightly syrupy, Acidic and smooth. Very easy to drink for this style. Excellent.
GregClow (2938) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with blankboy & garthicus at Volo, circa Dec 2008. Deep ruby with a small mocha head. Roasted malt aroma with a slight lactic sourness and hints of cold coffee. Medium bodied. Flavour is interesting - quite malty, but also a bit funky, plus notes of caramel and dry cocoa. Quite unique, and quite nice.
Beerdedone (2837) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at 08 vt beer fest. Pours a dark brown/black with a khaki head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a hint of molasses. Flavor follows the aroma with a touch of fruit and has a dry and bitter finish.